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Style Cells in a Table UI Component

When you display table data in an app, you can style individual cells, rows, and columns of the table UI component by using the uistyle and addStyle functions. Use styles to modify background colors, display icons, format equations, and provide clickable links in table cells. This example shows how you can use styles to display sample tsunami data in a table.

Create Table UI Component

Read in tsunami data from a file, and then extract a subset of the data to display.

T = readtable("tsunamis.xlsx");
T = T(1:20,["Year" "Validity" "MaxHeight" "Intensity"]);

Display the data in a table UI component.

fig = uifigure;
tbl = uitable(fig,"Position",[10 10 540 400],"Data",T);

Table UI component with four columns of tsunami data: Year, Validity, MaxHeight, and Intensity

Modify Background Color of Table Rows

Draw attention to the rows of the table that represent the largest tsunamis by setting the background color of those rows to red.

First, find the rows that represent tsunamis with a maximum height greater than 10 meters.

rows = find(tbl.Data.MaxHeight > 10);

Then, create a style with a red background color and add the style to those rows.

s1 = uistyle("BackgroundColor","#F48B74");

Table UI component with tsunami data. Rows that correspond to tsunamis with a maximum height greater than 10 meters are colored red.

Display Icons in Table Cells

Next, add a warning icon to the table cells that specify that the tsunami validity is questionable or very doubtful.

Find the rows with questionable or doubtful tsunamis. Because all the cells that specify validity are in the second column of the table, construct an array containing the row and column indices of the cells by horizontally concatenating a vector that contains only values of 2.

warningRows = find(strcmp(tbl.Data.Validity,'questionable tsunami') | ...
    strcmp(tbl.Data.Validity,'very doubtful tsunami'));
warningColumns = repmat(2,size(warningRows));
cells = [warningRows warningColumns];

Finally, style the cells with a warning icon to the right of the text.

s2 = uistyle("Icon","warning","IconAlignment","right");

Table UI component with tsunami data. Cells that correspond to a validity of "questionable tsunami" or "very doubtful tsunami" have a warning icon to the right of the text.

Format Equations and Symbols in Table Column

Add TeX markup to the Intensity column of the table.

First, identify the rows with no intensity data. Then, convert the values in the Intensity column to strings, and specify that the cells with missing data display the ⊘ symbol. For the cells with data, prepend the string "M_L = " to the data to indicate that the value gives the Richter magnitude.

nanData = isnan(tbl.Data.Intensity);
tbl.Data.Intensity = string(tbl.Data.Intensity);
tbl.Data.Intensity(nanData) = "\oslash";
tbl.Data.Intensity(~nanData) = "M_L = " + tbl.Data.Intensity(~nanData);

Style the cells in the column to use TeX markup by setting the Interpreter property to "tex". Additionally, align text on the right side of the cells in the column by setting the HorizontalAlignment property to "right".

s3 = uistyle("Interpreter","tex","HorizontalAlignment","right");

Table UI component with tsunami data. Text in the "Intensity" column is formatted with subscripts and symbols.

Remove Style

Inspect the styles on the table by querying the StyleConfigurations property of the table UI component. The styles are listed in the order in which you applied them to the table.

ans =

  3×3 table

         Target     TargetIndex               Style          
         ______    _____________    _________________________

    1    row       {[  7 13 16]}    1×1
    2    cell      {6×2 double }    1×1
    3    column    {'Intensity'}    1×1

Remove the first style from the table.


Table UI component with tsunami data. The red background color is removed, but the icon and text formatting remains unchanged.

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